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JOINT STANDING COMMITTEE ON ELECTORAL MATTERS
25/07/2005
Conduct of the 2004 federal election and matters related thereto
JOINT STANDING COMMITTEE ON ELECTORAL MATTERS
Joint committee
Monday, 25 July 2005
Conduct of the 2004 federal election and matters related thereto
Final

CHAIR (Mr Anthony Smith) —I declare open this public hearing of the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters inquiry into the conduct of the 2004 election. To date the committee has received 165 submissions to the inquiry; many were detailed, well written and self-explanatory. Accordingly, the committee does not need to hear from everyone who has made a submission. Submissions have raised numerous issues that the committee is considering carefully. While examining those submissions, the committee identified a number of issues on which it wants to take further evidence in this third round of hearings.

I thank today’s witnesses for appearing. I remind you that, although the committee does not require you to give evidence under oath, this hearing is a legal proceeding of parliament and warrants the same respect as proceedings in the House itself. The giving of false or misleading evidence is a serious matter and may be regarded as contempt of parliament. The evidence given today will be recorded by Hansard and covered by parliamentary privilege.

Finally, because we are running to a tight schedule, we will need to stay very close to the program times for each of the witnesses. If anyone has any queries they wish to raise about the proceedings, please see the committee’s secretariat staff.